Escape From High Fructose Corn Syrup Mountain
This weekend, I went on a trip to the mountains to enjoy the last of the snow. I don’t have a problem keeping high fructose and other corn syrup out of my diet at home; I can stick to my resolution. No big deal, right?
Boy, was I wrong! I got in the car and someone handed me some chewy licorice candies. Pop…Pop…mmm…Oops! No fast food on the road, but I forgot to read the fine print on the sandwich bread ingredients…OOPS! I avoided cola and gulped ginger ale and sipped a sports drink. I narrowly dodged cheese dip, only to munch a marshmallow. All packed with high fructose corn syrup and perhaps some mercury. Sigh.
I learned my lesson about toast, but I resigned myself to the vices of cheesy tortilla chips, a few M&Ms, some cookies and dressing on my salad. I was happy to know that at least I could eat Cheez-its. I would not have survived the 6 hour car ride without them. How did I fall off the wagon so fast and so hard?
Though you might still be hearing from me about it, I am ending my ban on corn syrup. After nearly a month with the corn syrup entirely and a weekend of near HFCS bingeing, I plan to just stick to moderation to avoid extra calories and mercury.